BA, State University College at Old Westbury; MSED, St. Bonaventure University; Ph.D., University of Rochester
B.A., American Studies, SUNY College at Old Westbury
M.S.Ed, Social Studies, St. Bonaventure University
Ph.D., Teaching & Curriculum, University of Rochester
Social and Cultural Foundations of Education; Research Methods; Urban Poverty; Foundations of Sociology; Hip Hop Music and Culture; Minority Relations
Dr. Makini Beck focuses her academic inquiry on immigrant women teachers in the U.S., mentoring women of color in academia, narrative inquiry and autoethnographic research methods. She has presented her research at various national and international conferences, and has published her work in handbook chapters and peer-reviewed journals.
Beck, M., Unterreiner, A., De Four-Babb, J. (2017). Keeping our boots on the ground: Independent scholars maintaining academic identities. A Professing Education: A Journal of The Society of Professors of Education, 16(2), 67-84.
Nganga, C., Beck, M. (2017). The power of dialogue and meaningful connectedness: Conversations between two female scholars. The Urban Review, 49, 551-567.
Beck, M., & Nganga, C. (2016). Narratives of foreign-born teachers: Implications for dialogic leadership for social justice. Educational Leadership Review 16(3), 58-71.
De Four-Babb, J., Pegg, J., & Beck, M. (2015). Reducing intellectual poverty of outsiders within academic spaces through informal peer mentorship. Mentoring and Tutoring Journal, 23(1), 76-93.
Esnard, T., Cobb-Roberts, D., Agosto, V., Karanxha, Z., Beck, M., Wu, K., & Unterreiner, A. (2015). Productive tensions in a cross-cultural peer mentoring women’s network: A social capital perspective. Mentoring and Tutoring Journal, 23(1), 19-36.
Thorsos, N., Johnannessen, G., Beck, M., Nganga, C., (2016). Synergy, care, and constructive chaos: Understanding the dynamics of an international co-mentoring network. In G. Guzman-Johnannessen (Ed.), Mentoring outside politics, policies, and practices in institutions of higher education. p.57-71. New York, NY: Springer.
Beck, M. (2017). Infertility. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
In the News
November 9, 2022
RIT’s College of Liberal Arts receives grant to enhance philosophy and communication offerings
RIT’s College of Liberal Arts plans to introduce new and revamped philosophy and communication curricula to help students across the university enhance their expressive and analytic communication skills. This was made possible by a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Teagle Foundation.
April 26, 2022
First graduates from RIT’s partner charter school poised to receive their RIT degrees
A trio of trailblazing students who came to RIT from the university’s partner charter school will fulfill a long-term promise when they receive their college degrees at commencement this May. Zaid Abdulsalam, Ismael Cortes Jr., and Justice Marbury were among the first students to enroll at Rochester Prep High School, and they were the three students from the first graduating class in 2018 who chose RIT as their destination.
August 10, 2020
RIT faculty look ahead to classroom instruction this fall
COVID-19 has challenged the university to consider an even more creative academic portfolio with blended, online, split A/B, and flex class options. To prepare for in-person instruction, RIT has upgraded academic buildings and classrooms. And physical distancing and face coverings, required of faculty and students in classrooms, together provide some of the greatest protection against the spread of COVID-19.